How Ben’s Courier Service Took Off

Although business experts say a business plan is required for starting a new business, it’s not always true. For every business that fails due to poor planning, another fails because of over planning.

The secret of a successful courier service business is providing services not available from the bigger firms. What delivery services should you offer? Your business plan wont tell you that, but your customers can.

Ben, a 35 year old courier driver, noticed a need for another courier service in the city he lived in. One that could pick up and deliver the same day, but also with service to other near by communities, that do not yet have this kind of service.

courier truckHe had experience in all areas of the business, including dispatching, which was extremely important. He had even over the years gained knowledge of weights and billing, another important aspect of running a courier service.

Over the next several months Ben thought a lot about starting up on his own. This would take a lot of planning as he first needed to secure the financing, then a building with an office and room to house several trucks.

He would also need drivers and an office worker and even log books and weigh bills.

After discussing this with his wife Alison, they agreed to go ahead and open their own courier business.

Ben secured a loan, a building with an office and side area for vehicles, purchased a few trucks and hired 5 drivers.

After the first year full of numerous problems and an unimaginable amount of hours worked by both Ben and his wife, the business was beginning to show a profit, and they decided now may be a good time to expand.

Over the next several years they continued to expand, moving to a much larger building, with enough space to house their growing fleet of trucks and flat beds. The building was even big enough that they could have their own shop and mechanic to repair the vehicles.

All of this of course was not without sacrifice – they both worked 6 days a week, and were unable to take holidays. The business also expanded to areas even further away covering places no other courier was accessing.

Regardless how much planning you do, its only a hunch or educated guess about how well your business will do. The secret is to test your ideas as quickly and cheaply as possible, then improve and refine them.

Ben recognized the demand for reliable, cost effective delivery services had been growing in the area for several years. In addition to a growing population, the customers needed faster service especially for time sensitive materials, and believed there was ample room for another reliable courier service.

Ben’s marketing strategy was to provide dependable and exceptional delivery to businesses and professional who have a regular need for pick up and delivery. Second was to gain customers who need couriers service occasionally, such as last minute parts and supplies.

His timing was impeccable and he and his wife now own a thriving courier business.

The Affiliate Site: Great Startup Ideas

start-upHave you ever thought of making and developing an on line business? What steps would this entail? We are going to take a quick look at this and see if it is a viable start up.

First, you need an idea of what product will sell and it must be something the public wants or needs. This requires time and skill. Then you will need a domain and it must be registered in your name, next design and build your website and use search engines to drive targeted buyers to the site.

Now while this sounds easy it does not guarantee that it will work, however it has worked for lots of people and some have done quite well.

One site that is just in the budding stage is rollawaybed.net – this website was started about one year ago and has grown slowly over the past several months. The website not only covers the roll away bed with informative and in depth articles, but also reviews the most popular beds as well.

Now you may wonder how they make their money. Well when a person goes to their website to read an article they can, if they choose, click on a link to Amazon or any other affiliated site where the beds are sold. If they buy a product from Amazon you make a commission on the amount of the purchase.

So a lot depends on how good your website is and the need for your product. While this particular site is still in progress another site that was just a budding project that went on to become a multi billion dollar site is Amazon.com

Amazon was founded by a technology entrepreneur named Jeffery Preston Bezos. Jeffery started out with 20 initial ideas and narrowed it down to one – books.

He thought books were the best idea as they are not only reasonably priced but there’s a universal demand. His parents supplied the start up money and he began selling the books on line from his garage.

Within two months Amazons sales were rising and the company expanded and continued to expand and is now the largest internet based retailer in the world.

While this is definitely a great success story not everyone will achieve such a successful venture. It takes hard work, perseverance, an excellent idea and some initial start up money to aid in making a dream come true.

Startup: Pico Brew – Make Beer As Easy As Coffee

PicoCommonly referred to as the The Keurig beer maker, this innovative machine was launched by ex Microsoft president Bill Mitchel who is co-founder of Pico brew. Mitchel also helped introduce Zymatic in 2013, a table top brewing machine.

This new machine is simply known as Pico. The device can brew 5 litre batches of beer in a relatively short amount of time. The Pico uses pods, similar to the Keurig coffee maker, and the pods are the biggest advantage of the machine. Instead of loading up the loose ingredients, you simply have to put in the contents of the pod and some yeast (which comes in a separate pod) and the device makes beer. Read More